10 years of magic: 2004 Indian Open

Tue 06 Aug 2013

10 years of magic: 2004 Indian Open

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In the latest instalment of our looking back series, we relive all the action from the Indian Open in 2004 where Mardan Mamat played his way into the record books by being the first player from Singapore to win on the Asian Tour.
The 2004 Indian Open was held at the venerable Delhi Golf Club from March 25 to 28.
Mardan claimed an emphatic five-stroke victory in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event and took home a winner’s prize purse of US$50,000 courtesy of his victory.
His win was long overdue as he had earlier produced three top-10s in Asia, including a tied eighth finish at the Caltex Singapore Masters before his long awaited win in India.
“I’ve waited very long for this and it has finally come after 10 years. It is really sweet,” said an emotional Mardan, who finished on 18-under-par 270 total.
He credited his yoga guru, Sukhdev Singh, for helping him stay calm when he entered the final round.
“This morning, Sukhdev spent a lot time with me and told me to relax and not think about winning. He went through a lot of breathing exercises with me and I think it helped greatly.”
“I tried to play one shot at a time and didn’t get ahead of myself. To hole a 25 foot putt for birdie at the last was really sweet. I would also like to thank my local caddie, Ali Jaan, who was on the bag when Arjun (Atwal) won on this course previously. He was very helpful this week,” said Mardan.
The Singapore ace started strongly with two opening birdies to narrow the gap with Del Olmo to one stroke. He seized the lead on the fourth hole when the Mexican double bogeyed. When Del Olmo dropped further shots at the seventh and 11th, Mardan was in total control.
He oozed confidence throughout his blemish-free final round and notched seven birdies to seal a famous triumph.
“It’s disappointing to not win again. I think I got ahead of myself and started thinking about winning. I made a few mistakes out there,” said Del Olmo.
Korea’s Mo Joong-kyung carded his third straight 70 to share third place on 278 with first round leader Keith Horne of South Africa, who closed with a 73.
Mukesh Kumar was the best-placed Indian golfer at tied fifth position on 279 following a 70 and finished alongside Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant, who returned with a 73. Last year’s winner Mike Cunning of the United States came in joint 42nd on 293 after a 78.
Ends.
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